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tv   Assignment 7  ABC  May 8, 2011 4:30pm-5:00pm PDT

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>> eric: welcome to assignment 7. today on our program, tahoe tsunami? new warning what is lurking below the lake and down side to the apple ipad and other tablet computers and abc7 salutes an east bay professor that is awarded the highest math teaching honor in the country. >> with unemployment still running high some the bay area is advertising their need for a job on billboards located at bart stations. laura anthony has the story from dublin. >> the faces on the built board are not actors or models they are real people. >> these are real people looking for emp is photogra >> she is photographer and communications specialist who
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came up with the idea. >> we should physically put ourselves out there looking for jobs. >> at first i was mortified burr this the example with y we would be such good candidates, we decide how to break the box down and look outside the box. >> reporter: the signs are at four bart stations. we are in need that profile the candidates. >> i think you need to be patient and put yourself out there. >> it's part of a group, a career transition supported group sponsored by danville's catholic church. >> we find people's skills, coming into the group and all of a sudden they are with people that are going through the same burden, carrying the same burden and they find tremendous support. >> so far one of the job seekers has found a job and several
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others have landed interviews after potential employers spotted them here. they hope it puts a problem on unemployment in the bay area. >> it brings awareness to people every day there are common people that surround you, whether you are a store, at gym and church and they are having a hard time. >> all the people wanted is to get off the the sign in bart station and headed to work. in santa clara county, there is a course that serves just veterans. as vic lee reports. its model for others across the country. >> good morning to everyone. we welcome you to our very special course. >> judge steven manly runs the veterans program in santa clara superior court. >> but you are not doing the work so we are going to have a
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time-out here. because i can't see that. >> there are tough consequences. >> he is not going home, that is the end of it. >> and there are happy endings. >> now there is a record and something to celebrate, after 21 years you are no longer on parole. >> in court you are more encouragement than disapproval. >> believing in yourself, never giving up and you've made it. >> the judge has a caseload of nearly 2,000 veterans and he is there biggest cheerleader. >> we did not do well with vietnam veterans. we shouldn't repeat that iraq and afghanistan veterans. >> it works like a medical triage, many difficult agencies are represented in court. not only the d.a. and public defender but also veterans administration counselors and probation officers. they try to create a supportive environment not a contentious
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one. deputy district attorney. >> every case that is heard here we need it and we discuss the dirnz and where we agree and don't agree. >> veterans court begin in 2009. former marine has a long rap sheet. he was one of the first to graduate. washington says he succeeded because of the personal attention he received. >> from the bench, judge manly down to the individuals who were doing with my mental health care. >> i'm doing the ptsa meetings. >> he did two tours in iraq. he says he became a drunk and was arrested for a d.u.i.. >> how did you do in the class? >> i finished those. >> he will now graduate and along with it comes this. >> charges are dismissed here and you are discharged. his record is cleared.
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>> or hug by the judge always follow. >> i'm very proud of you. >> participants say veterans respond well to this collaborative court approach. >> there a level of respect with the judge because they are used to that. they have been mountain military and have a commanding officer who they have to answer to. >> but the success relies on tough love. >> don't you see you are killing yourself? you are getting poverty and drugs. i'm sorry you are using drugs all the time. >> richard evans is homeless vet. he revoked his probation and sends him back to jail. evans failed to follow three principles for success. >> if you believe in yourself, if you don't give up and if you are honest you are going make it. >> many heed his advice, success rate of veterans court is 80%. vic lee, "abc 7 news."
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>> state of the art technology is giving us new insight into the potential for a major earthquake at lake tahoe. cheryl jennings has more. >> on the surface lake tahoe looks about as tranquil as a body of water can. at the bottom of the lake there are three active earthquake faults and at least one is overdue for a big quake. >> in a geological sense, it may be a thousand years or it might be tomorrow. >> the last big quake was about 500 years ago near incline village. >> in the last earthquake the ground shifted vertically about 14 feet. if that type of earthquake were to happen again then half of the beach would drop down permanently, 12-14 feet. >> gordon on is an engineering geologist and part of a team of top scientists have been studying the fault for a decade.
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>> we've been trying to characterize how active they are. >> analyzing them are tough but several systems are now making it possible. gloria kent is the director there at university of nevada. >> it's mounted on pole. >> it sends out waves that bounce off the bottom of the lake. they use that data to make very precise maps. this one shows the bottom of fallen leaf lake south of tahoe. >> this is the fault that forms at the bottom of the lake. >> that fault runs north up the side of lake tahoe and it could produce the next big one. >> it's capable of what we now know to 7.3 earthquakes. >> if you happen to be near the lake when the quake hits. shaking could be just the beginning. tahoe is 22 miles long with an average depth of thousand feet. siepts scientists believe a
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quake in the tahoe basin might produce a giant wave as high as 30 feet. >> tahoe is unique in lakes because it is so deep, it could make a tsunami like wave or a wave like you imagine in bathtub that goes back and forth and that wave could be moving for hours. >> what are your chances to get away from the wave. remember the tsunami that hit indonesia in 2004. >> everybody who went down to check out the wave pretty measure perished and everybody turn around and ran survived. you just don't know how big it's going to be. you just need to get off the beach when the shaking stops. >> that is one reason it's so critical. people need to know what could happen, even is something as simple as warning signs on the beach could help. >> informing the public makes a huge difference if they feel
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shaking they move to higher ground. >> cheryl jennings for assignment 7. >> still ahead, 7 on your side, michael finney shows us how retrieving unclaimed property from the state could lead to a money trail of disappointment.ññ
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thousands of californians have some money coming to then them, abandoned property that was turned over to the state but is it words claiming? michael finney for one woman was wild goose chase. >> jane decided to go on a treasure hunt and looked up family names on the unclaimed property website. >> it says bank of america closed a safe deposit box for my grandmother. >> she figured she and her brothers were entitled to whatever was in the box but the state controller didn't say sai. >> there were three items in the
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box and they still couldn't tell me what they were worth. >> so she filed a claim she had to prove she was rightful heir. >> so i filed the forms, it's like a six page instruction. they called and said they needed further documentation. >> she needed a lot more. statements and death certificate bank of america records and on and on. >> 17, 18, 20 pages. >> the treasure hunt was getting complicated so she called the state. was it worth all the trouble. she got the simply. >> they couldn't tell me what was in box but was deemed value. >> it took a whole year, nearly $100 to dig up and copy all the required papers. finally, her package arrived. >> i came home and got the box open and inside is the treasure. >> her big reward was carefully
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bundled in a sheet of bubble wrap. and out it came. >> jane was dumbfounded the valuable contents were this -- a worthless fragment of old plastic jewelry. >> it was a piece of broken costume. >> all that work and all those documents, all for a piece of junk? just to make sure she took it to jeweler. >> if you take that junk out of that bag. >> and it turns out the state had auctioned them off ten years ago, two rings and gold coin fetched $22 and one penny. the money went to bank of america for the safe deposit box. she couldn't believe state workers spent hours figuring out who was entitled to a worthless trinket. not to mention sending $15 of taxpayer money to send it by
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registered mail. >> and it was for nothing. >> so she contacted 7 on your side and we spoke with the controllers office. claim rules are stringent to protect rightful owners and paperwork is more complicated when the owners are deceased. jane is still shaking her head. >> in the end it was for nothing. coming up, local surgeons give a boy born without ears the gift of a lifetime. with new ipads more smart phones and more wi-fi devices, will there be internet gridlock?
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the rapid growth of tablet computers could cause a major slowdown in wi-fi service. david louie explains. >> analysts are starting to worry whether tablets are going to work over wi-fi networks as marketed. >> if you can't get good connecting connections and get all the interactions that you are looking for, then i think people will be very disappointed with them even if they are fairly expensive. >> it has to do with wi-fi as we know it. it's older technology for laptops. people move around with tablets even rotating can break a
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connection. market leader apple is expected to sell 24 million of them this year. >> i think we need to be prepared for the increase and it's only going to grow over time. >> they say wi-fi networks have to be upgraded to newer technology to stream movies and video. >> we have an antenna approach that controls wait we use radio that delivers basically better connections, higher bandwidth for everybody that is using it. >> they will face additional pressure tablets even by the hundreds are put into service. those are considered critical uses. robust wi-fi will be needed. >> lives are at risk in hospitals when you can't communicate what you need between the room and systems between different devices and hospitals and so forth. >> the challenge will be how soon will wi-fi providers upgrade. they are operated by individual shops, businesses, schools, hotels and restaurants not all
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will spend the money at least not right away. >> the bottom line is, until you see the more advanced wi-fi networks are deployed it's going to vary as you move around. david louie, "abc 7 news." >> a procedure pioneered by a bay area doctor and an l.a. plastic surgeon has changed the life of a young boy from mexico born without ears. here is carolyn johnson. >> hi, how are you? >> just two weeks before this doctor's appointment he had a second round of suggesting. doctors replicated the work over the summer connected the condition. he was born without ears or eardrums. although his inner ear and middle ear is normal. he underwent a complex ten-hour surgery developed by joseph robertson and plastic surgeon. >> there is skin that has been
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transplanted inside and eardrum is repaired. you turn that into a normal drum. >> the results were even better than expected. >> we were just happy as can be that the hearing he got from that procedure. his hearing has come up in the normal range. >> the doctor removes the surgical packing from his ear. >> can you hear this sound? >> the ear canal and drum are already functioning quite well. >> once all the packing is out and swelling goes down and hearing will come up. >> what is the best part of having two ears now. >> best part of the hearing the world. >> and he is hearing so well, world around him seems too loud. he won two more medals in national gymnastics competition.
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>> we said what? >> now diego heads home to mexico a young man he has received a priceless gift. >> when i get older i would like to contribute like the doctors did for me. you are good to come. >> carolyn john than, "abc 7 news." >> baseball season is under way and so too is an exhibition about nationally known artists. don an which he has shows us how they have captured the boys of summer. >> this is about artists interpretation in a game steeped in tradition. 14th year of the baseball ex 'but big. >> the artist themselves have been able to capture the history the legends the color the passion of what the game is about. >> some poignant moments about
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yogi saying farewell to a world series title parade last fall. there is emphasis on all things giants. a sculpture of at&t park. barry bonds going for the home run record. there is a wall of giants past and present and one framed for the beard. all now is missing is garlic fries and hot dogs. this an exhibition that captures the emotion of baseball. >> this is young battle, a great painting. >> if you look at the painting. pallet but it's also about strategy, it's about youth and ma juirt. >> bob and his family in the style of american gothic. >> the simplicity of young man who grew up on a farm and found his way to fame and fortune as a pitcher for the cleveland
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indians. >> there are two commissioned jerseys. and another artist puts a poem on mark m shirt. shirt. this is a show about the essence of the game. it's up until may 28. in san francisco, don sanchez, "abc 7 news." still ahead, an abc7 salute, an east bay college professor who is insfeirg her students to follow the math path.
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a college professor has won the highest award for teaching math. lyanne melendez has the abc7 salute. >> eight, that's right. >> she probably would not have been here had not been her math teacher in her native bulgaria. she was given a second chance to solve a math problem.
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>> i was very puzzled how my classmates could do it and i couldn't do it. so i went to the math teacher. i won the local math test with a perfect score. >> that day, what comes from within you can take you very far. she gives that advice to all her students. >> you can tell she knows it all backwards and forwards but she is very good and knowing where you are. >> it's a lot easier to tackle any sort of a problem. >> she has taught at mills college for nearly 12 years, during that time, math majors and minors have more than doubled. in 1998 she sounded founded
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berkeley math circle a week liver will program to engage students in a fun exploratory way. >> what we are doing is great using methods that work in other countries. and it's great that the math movement is good for the united states. >> but she would like to see more students become passionate about math. >> it comes full circle by compensating the teachers for doing it. >> in 1987 she represented her country in the international math olympics, at the time held in cuba. american team made up of all boys was impressed. >> wow, there are two girls on the same team. >> a decade later in 1998, the u.s. finally sent a girl to compete. melody wood, guess who trained
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her? >> and i'm very proud to say and so i trained her. she went in to win two student medals. >> today wood is doing doctoral work at stanford university. she has inspired other students. katie was a student and one ofs. she also tutored high school students. >> and college high school bound students and i started tutoring them. they understood the way that i communicate with them and you could see the light bulb come on. >> she developed intervention programs whose students having a hard time with math. mathematical association of america awarded her distinguished college teaching in math. she was excited as when she solved her first rubik's cube in
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her parents' car. at the time she was only in fifth grade. an achievement that has led to many more. >> right there in the car, ways screaming. >> so we salute her for sharing her love of math with her students. that is all for this edition of assignment 7. i'm eric thomas. thanks for joining us. next a somber commemoration of mother's day. how police are hopeful that the families will get closure this year. also.... >> i feel terrible. >> a city councilman apology after a weekend's arrest and what the newly released osama bin laden video
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